Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,857
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 20
Gots: 254 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001

Labatt Blue is the best-selling Canadian beer in the world. Introduced in 1951 as Labatt Pilsener, it was named for the colour of its label by fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team. Blue was the first brand in Canada with a twist-off cap and won the silver medal in the International Lager category at the 1998 Brewing Industry International Awards. Labatt Blue, brewed using specially selected aromatic hops, is a well-balanced, fully matured, full-flavoured beer with a fruity character and a slightly sweet aftertaste.
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Reviews by Rhynes2:
Photo of Rhynes2
2.07/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A very bland choice of brew. Doesn't go well with many foods and is not my first choice for a beer to watch TV with. Taste is sub-par and leaves a nasty after taste. I would just stay clear of this one. No head when poured into a glass (plastic cup) and color is pale and not appealing. Sorry but it a no go on this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tank880
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

I just like this. It is mostly a historical liking on my part. But it's a nice standard pilsner.

Photo of BuffaloBilly
4.7/5  rDev +78%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers i've ever had, I can't believe some of these reviews. This is my favorite beer, this and moslon canadian. Defiently my beer of choice. Pours a nice golden colour, with a nice tall frothy head. This is a great beer hands down. I love it in a cold glass, in a can, I just love it. My absolute favorite beer, if you are looking for a great beer this is it. Two thumbs way up. This beer is definetly recommend, these reviews are messed up, this is a great beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.46/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as adjunct lagers go, this is a better one. Great appearance with color and head. Nose is a weak spot though with some cereal grain and hint of canned veggies, but the flavor on the palate is a decent malty-grainy taste with balance of hops to make it have some overall flavor worth enjoying. Too many adjunct lagers seem designed to have as little flavor as possible, but this one is more flavor forward and a decent flavor. If I was a regular adjunct drinker, then this would be in my fridge fairly often.

Photo of BeerNarcisist
1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

has a hint of wallpaper paste

Photo of RyanLaCount03
1.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I was not a big fan of Labatt Blue the only time I ever tried it. While sitting around a camp fire for a field trip in Grand Marais, Michigan, I was given one of these beers. The smell of the beer was horrible, while the taste of it wasn;t much better. I may give it another try sometime, but i am not a fan of this beer.

Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just what you'd expect from the Canadian version of Budweiser... A thoroughly average beer. Can't understand why people drink this as oppossed to cheaper American Lagers.. Just goes to show image goes a long way in beer. The same people (mostly preppie college students) who insist that Budweiser and Genny are "crap" will call this their favorite beer. Very perplexing. Try a Molson instead!!

Photo of Aaron420
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

So I am not really sure what the exact color of this one is cause well I refuse to pour it into a glass. There is not much you can say about this one it is a normal macro beer,heavy on the corn flavor, very mild hops. They are built to drink and drink a lot of them. All in all I would rate this one way above most of the American macro beers, well except PBR. But this will defiantly have a place in my fridge especially during hockey season.

Photo of Todd
2.96/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.5oz brown twist-off cap bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A very clear, extremly pale yellow beer that pours a thick, patchy, pure white head that trails down the glass and eventually settles to a creamy lace.

Smell: Some corn, light esters and faint grain in the aroma. Fairly clean and uneventful.

Taste: Watery, near flat -- low carbonation initially. Tastes like a beer that has been left out overnight. Mouthfeel is rather creamy and smooth, body is thin, light. There's little malt flavour, except for faint dextrins. You can taste adjuncts (rice, corn, maybe both?) and what little sweetness they lend, followed by a quick bitter twang. The beer goes tea-like in flavour with a slight "skunk" character in the back, sulfur, metallic and light herbal flavours. Finish is slightly dry.

Notes: Water anyone? For those of you that appreciate hardly any flavour, body, aroma or beers that you can suck down just like water ... here you go! Seriously, this beer is a great alternative to BudMillerCoors anyday. Not as clean as these other big boys, but it's different. So, if those are the sort of beers that you are into, why not make a switch to Labatt Blue for a change.

Photo of generallee
3.79/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Labatt Blue is a Buffalo favorite. If you were to walk into any bar in Buffalo your sure to find Labatt Blue or Blue Light on tap or in bottles. Labatt Blue pours a light golden yellow with a big foamy head. It has good carbonation and clarity. The aroma is light with rice cereal malts and grassy straw like hops. The flavor is delicate with some sweet cereal malts up front that turn dry with a crisp citrusy bitter finish. "Blue" is light bodied thin and a highly drinkable Canadian pilsner. It's a great beer for watching hockey, [GO SABRES] or as an accompaniment to a traditional Buffalo style fish fry.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bright straw colored beer with a head that quickly came and went not unlike a soda head.

Smell is of some rice, skunkiness.

Taste is of extremely watered down rice, light malts, and maybe some hop spiciness but no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is more like a coca-cola than an actual beer. Very watery amd highly-carbonated with those big, burning bubbles.

Drinkable if you are partying and want to get smashed I suppose, like the purpose of any Macro Lager. Other than that, nope.

Photo of Jason
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Borderline bad, not something I'd want to have to drink that often either even if it was handed to me at a party. A run of the mill cheap American Lager with a funny smell and a bland taste. There are so many other beers, even macro beers, that are better than this.

Photo of merlin48
1.8/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another sampling from the "create a sixpack" at a local grocery. In college,many years ago, I thought this was a fine beer. It pours a very pale yellow body with an unimpressive white head that quickly vanishes without a trace. Aroma is faint, some herbal hops and a hint of skunk. Very light bodied, almost watery, but well carbonated. Taste is minimal. A hint of corn syrup and some grassy hops, nothing else to note. Nothing horrible, but nothing to recommend it.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Although this was my first bottle of beer way back when, I've deliberately avoided this stuff for years. I'd figure I'd give it another go in can form.

Pours a medium-light golden hue (a bit darker than some adjuncts) with about an inch of head. Dissolves into a thin, but persistant ring.

Nose is fairly standard: corn, light hops, a bit of fruit or sugar perhaps.

Actually, it doesn't taste all that bad. I can drink this. Sweet and fruity. It's still bland, but relative for the style, it isn't bad. No skunkiness or offensive hoppage.

Mouthfeel is over-carbonated, with a texture of soda. Not helping things along well.

A poundbackable brew, much better than Molson's. It's still not my style and not very tasty, but at least I know I can drink it. Cheap.

Photo of recons54
4.35/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Decent head that melts away pretty quick. Light yellow/straw in color.

S - Nothing setting your nose on fire here, simple.

T - Taste is very good too ME, for what it is anyway. A very nice balance, nothing over the top, yet it still has decent body that tastes like beer... not to watery.

M - Above average for a macro.

D - I can drink these all day (and never seem to get a hangover if I do). Great beer for the weekend BBQ or watching the ball game.

Labatts Blue is one of my all time favorites. To me it has a much better taste and body then your average domestic beer (i.e. Coors, Bud, etc.), which drives it's drinkability in my book.

Photo of bsp77
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from can into pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale yellow with very thin head.

Smell: Somewhat sweet malts, some spicy hops.

Taste: Light malt body, maybe there is a hop counterbalance but not sure I can find it.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body.

Drinkability: Typical mainstream pale lager - easy to drink but would rather have something else.

Photo of magictrokini
2.52/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear yellow with a white head. Grainy, kind of wheaty aroma, with sugar and metal. Crisp, slightly sweet taste of corn and corn syrup. Bitter hop finish. Similar to Mexican beers, some beers taste better with your surroundings. This beer is highly average, can be the wrong kind of bitter, and will easily skunk. But, if drank during a hockey game, it becomes quite enjoyable. Go Wings!

Photo of kingcrowing
1.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow color with a very small white head and no lacing. Nose is just adjuncts and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is corn and a light bitterness, but not of the hop variety. Very bland, light and tame. Skip it.

Photo of ryanocerus
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an average beer. The clear golden color is hard to give anything but a 3 for. The aroma was very faint hops. The flavor was more of the same. The high carbonation, but watery thin flavor deserved an average mouthfeel. I gave it above average drinkability however as it is one of those beers you can throw back and not notice you are drinking beer (ie. macro lager). Not one I would seek out again, but not bad.

Photo of jsolack
1.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very clear gold color. Head is strong at frist and then goes away quickly. Left looking like dishwater.

Mild skunky/grain smell... Overall very plan and bland... unimpressive.

Weak sweet flavor with sharp carbonation. Grain aftertaste. Bitter finish. Overall this is a drinkable beer but unimpressive.

Watery with high carbonation. This has a typical macro feel.

Easy to drink beer. Better than Bud in my opinion. Flavor is lacking.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.71/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

big 24oz. pounder can at room temperature. poured into a pint glass.pours a clear light watery straw yellow color. soapy pure white headed that faded almost imediately. no real lacing and no head retention. already i can tell you that this beer is much better ice cold like most adjunct lagers.

a little bit of sweet grains/malts, adjuncty smell, and a ever so slight hop aroma. thats about it.

the taste is definately not much better. i actually kind of enjoy this beer when it is cold, but this is almost unbearable. watery to begin with, grains, some lemon citrus, sweet malts, and that terrable adjunct almost metalic taste.

light body, high carbonation, not great here either. like i said great drinkability when cold, terriable when warm. good party beer.

Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.32/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Smells like it has a slight caramel malt taste, but not an over powering one.

T: Smooth, non-heavy beer! This beer definitely stands out among most beers! Great taste!

O: Definitely a beer to try. My good friend tried it, and labatte became his all time favorite beer. This has always been my favorite! A distinct taste with this beer! Great and amazing taste of Canada!

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Had this before, decided to give it a full review now that my palate is more trained.
Poured into becker pint glass. Light fizzy yellow, with minimal fizzy white head that fades fast into a thin ring of foam that leaves no lacing at all. Smell is weak, mostly grain malt, strong on corn. A little grassy hop smell is barely noticeable. I'm having trouble picking out any specific thing in the taste to describe. It's incredibly watery, with thin flavors of corn and not much else. Finish is metallic and dry. Overall it's drinkable, but almost literally tasteless. It's not...offensive, I'll give it that, but only because there are no flavors strong enough to be offensive. But I guess that's the goal of the AAL style; to be inoffensive to the largest amount of people. In that, this beer (if you can call it that) succeeds.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The Canadian Budweiser. Gold, clear, lots of bubbles, good carbonation. Corn and grain BMC aroma.

Taste, prickly carbonation hides a lack of substance for a little while. No discernable hopping. Malt was warmed, but definitely not roasted or anything similar. Good as a palate cleanser, but not much else.

Photo of ADR
2.89/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A big fat can...very pale yellow, clear...large fluffy head that's just a touch longer lasting than a Miller High Life. Restrained hoppish aroma, tad of macro sharpness. Quite a bit of neutral malty sweetness, hops contribute to finish. Not quite the weird aftertaste of many macros. Ordinary in many respects, but I appreciated a restrained carbonation. Where's the lawn mower?

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,857 ratings.